Color: Pale gold, mostly composed of Pinot Noir, reflecting a perfect maturity. The effervescence is long-lasting, giving birth to a persistent and delicate mousse with fine bubbles.
Aromas: The first impression on the nose is marked by great intensity (aromas of biscuit, wheat ripe, pear and cherry). After a few seconds, the bouquet becomes more complex. The iris, oak, celery, white pepper and fine mineral aromas bring depth and complexity to the wine. With air this wine presents tertiary aromas such as melted butter and toast, reflecting an harmonious evolution of the wine. A ripe and fine complex nose showing very interesting flavours for a non vintage wine. There is a fine balance between the primary aromas (fruits), secondary (biscuit, bread, butter) and tertiary (minerals and spices). A real bouquet!
Palate: It is lively on the palate. Good acidity and effervescence followed by an intense freshness. The balance is due to the softness of the wine. Boldness and warmth accompany the freshness of the wine. All is harmonious, both round and direct. The final character of the wine is long and mineral. A soft, soothing and pleasant Champagne.
Food pairing: May be drunk immediately but this Champagne will also enhance its optimum qualities after 1 or 2 years ageing in your cellar. It will pair with delicate and soft in texture meals such as quenelles, poached white meats, fresh raw fish with sauce and hard cheeses.
Wine SpectatorSatiny in texture, this shows a sense of finesse that belies the power of this dense and focused Champagne. Tightly knit flavors of blackberry pâte de fruit, biscuit, honey, star anise and toasted almond show beautiful integration with the intense backbone of acidity and rich underpinning of smoky minerality. Drink now through 2025. 110 cases imported.
Wine AdvocateThe NV Grande Réserve Premier Cru Brut is a blend of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay, aged for ten months in old foudres. There was no malolactic fermentation. This sample is based on 50/50 2013 and 2012 vintages and was disgorged in June 2015 with ten grams of dosage. The wine opens highly elegant and clear in the nose, and that's the performance on the palate, too. It's very elegant and balanced, though for my personal taste it could be a bit more dry. It's a nice blend of minerals and ripe fruits, and of great elegance and finesse. The finish is long, mineral and pretty complex.